The Ticket

Wednesday in politics: Budget day, and more

The Ticket

It’s budget day in Washington—the day President Barack Obama releases his proposal for the fiscal year 2014 federal budget.

There will be briefings across town about what the blueprint would mean at various agencies and departments. Most Republicans, and some Democrats, meanwhile will find fault with the document on a number of fronts. But, as Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox points out, any president’s budget is mainly a political document, the president’s vision for the country and the economy, and is never actually passed in toto as the nation’s spending and revenue plan.

[Obama budget dead on arrival — but may get second life]

Obama’s budget is certain to come up Wednesday evening when he has dinner at the White House with 12 GOP senators. The occasion is part of a political outreach effort the president began last month.

The Senate will resume consideration Wednesday of a motion to take up gun violence legislation that would include expanding background checks for firearm sales. A vote on the motion is expected Thursday.

First lady Michelle Obama travels to her hometown of Chicago on Wednesday to talk about violence. She will attend a “Joint Luncheon Meeting: Working Together to Address Youth Violence in Chicago.”

Thousands of people are expected to participate Wednesday in a “Time is Now” rally outside the U.S. Capitol to urge Congress to pass immigration reform. The rally comes as an immigration bill is expected to be unveiled in the next few days.

And then there is this: Republican Sen. Rand Paul, frequently mentioned as a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks at Howard University on Wednesday about the importance of outreach to younger voters and minority groups.

Sources:  Yahoo News’ The Ticket, ABC News, Associated Press and Reuters.

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